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Comparison between iOS App Development and Android App development

When it comes to creating apps for Android or IOS, the process may seem very similar. However, each of these two operating systems has its own differences, both in the technical level and also in terms of design and mobile strategy. The entire concept of an app will depend on the operating system being used. Let’s look at some of the differences usually noticed by developers during the process of creating apps for Android and IOS.

Development Language

This forms the biggest difference between the Android and IOS operating system. Each is programmed in a different language. Whilst the IOS apps run on objective- C – Swift , Android apps run on Java. Java requires a lot of code to be written, therefore much time is required by Java engineers to code. Swift on the other hand is much faster due to writing less code.

Integrated Development Environment Availability (IDE)

Originally, engineers applied Eclipse tool as an environment for Android app development. Google then released studio and all engineers started using it due to its excellent possibilities. On the other hand, IOS developers use X code when developing IOS apps. It is an incredibly productive environment for building amazing apps as it has the possibility of finding out the errors in both syntax and logic and even get the code fixed.

Development Complexity

The difference between IOS and Android in programming language is not so complex in comparison with OS fragmentation. IOS powered devices are limited, whereas Android powered devices have a wide range of systems that operate on devices. As a result, the Android based geared creation is more complex, goes slower due to a wide range of different screen operating system as compared to the IOS powered gears with a narrow range of operating systems.

Graphic Interface

This constitutes the visual differences between creating an app for an Android or IOS end user. At the technical level, the developer will build XML files onto Android interface, which are very similar to IOS XIB files.

Testing the App

One must ensure that the app they are developing works perfectly. This forms an essential part in the development process. The Android simulator and IOS simulator are often used to test this. The difference between the two is that, the IOS simulator is much faster than the Android simulator. The Android simulator however, has the comparative advantage of being an effective virtual machine including CPU, therefore making it more effective than the IOS.

Design Philosophy

These are the design principles that should be considered when developing an app

  • Screen size and resolution

Apple-backed IOS devices have two screen sizes (iPhone/IPad) with more than three possible resolutions for iPhone and a few for Ipad. Meanwhile, Android powered devices have a great number of screen sizes that respectively lead to a wide range of screen resolution

  • Navigation

Android powered devices navigation bar is placed left while IOS one shifted to the top.

  • ‘Back ‘ button.

The ‘back’ button is included in Android but does not exist in IOS. The lack of this button in IOS means the app developer should indicate on the screen how to go back.

Monetization Strategy

IOS users like Apple users mainly focus on purchases whereas Android users rely predominantly on ad-supported apps.

When selecting a platform for developing an app, the most crucial part is analyzing the key aspects that differentiate these two OS platforms and keep them in mind when choosing which app best suits your business.

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